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A Child Called 'It': One Child's Cour...

Dave Pelzer

This is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten & starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable...

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Published: Sep 1995

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A ...

Jean-Dominique Bauby

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also ...

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Published: Jan 1998

Drinking: A Love Story

Caroline Knapp

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as 'liquid armor,' a way to protect themselves agai...

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Published: May 1997

Sleepers

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story.'--The Washington Post Book World'A GUT-WRENCHING PIECE OF WORK. . . Carcaterra's graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley.'--The Atlanta Journal & Con...

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Published: Mar 1996

Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Sp...

Todd Harra

When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy.From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers hav...

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Published: May 2010

Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

Paul Monette

This 'tender and lyrical' memoir (New York Times Book Review) remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-'searing, shattering, ultimately hope inspiring account of a great love story' (San Francisco Examiner). A Nati...

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Published: Jun 1998

An Unquiet Mind

Kay Redfield Jamison

As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison may be the foremost authority on manic-depressive illness. She is also one of its survivors. And it is this dual per...

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Published: Jan 1995

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivo...

Deborah Layton

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the 'truly unforgettable' (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and ...

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Published: Nov 1999

Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Ga...

Don Borchert

From The Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio, mild-mannered librarian Don Borchert had America laughing with the hardcover edition of his tell-all memoir that revealed the often startling truth about modern-day libraries. No...

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Published: Oct 2008

After the Fire: A True Story of Frien...

Robin Fisher

Every so often we encounter a story that makes us cry and makes us strong, that makes us want to hug our children and call our old friends. This bestselling book captures just such a drama in all its heartrending drama. On January 19...

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Published: Jan 2010

Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History...

Jennifer Traig

The hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac—from the critically acclaimed author of Devil in the Details.Jennifer Traig does not suffer from lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, or muscular dystrophy. Nor do...

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Published: Jul 2009

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extrao...

Daniel Tammet

One of the world's 50 living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story and explain how his incredible mind works. While Tammet's brain has amazed scientists for years, everyone will be move...

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Published: Oct 2007

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick T...

Danielle Steel

This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and a tortured soul. It is the story of an illness, a fight to live, and a race against death.I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the ...

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Published: Feb 2000

Tweaked: A Crystal Meth Memoir

Patrick Moore

So begins Patrick Moore's unforgettable account of life as a crystal meth addict--a 'tweaker.' Like a wild ride down Alice's rabbit hole with a guide who is darkly funny and heartbreakingly honest, Tweaked chronicles a twenty year tri...

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Published: Jun 2006

How Will I Tell My Mother?

Stephen Arterburn

Jerry Arterburn’s story parallels that of thousands of men who are troubled by homosexual desires, but want to change. Rejected, alienated, and seduced into the world of homosexuality, Jerry suffered the devastating effects of AIDS ...

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Published: Dec 2001

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices o...

Richard M. Cohen

Strong at the Broken Places is the remarkable story of five ordinary people trapped in the complex world of serious chronic illness. In this intimate portrait, acclaimed journalist Richard M. Cohen probes lives of sickness as these ...

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Published: Feb 2009

Crazy: A Father's Search Through Amer...

Pete Earley

Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son- in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to me...

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Published: Apr 2007

Bare: The Naked Truth about Stripping...

Elisabeth Eaves

Her curiosity began as a teenager, with an awareness of her body and the reaction other people had to it. It continued with the realization that women's bodies often gave them a strange power over men. As an adult, it became a fascina...

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Published: Aug 2004

Moments of Clarity: Voices from the F...

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

On February 17, 1986, after years of addiction and self-destruction, Christopher Kennedy Lawford reached a turning point in his life, one that would mark the beginning of his long road to recovery. In his New York Times bestselling m...

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Published: Feb 2010

Saving Sammy: A Mother's Fight to Cur...

Beth Alison Maloney

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, ...

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Published: Oct 2010

The Best Little Boy in the World

John Reid

The classic account of growing up gay in America.'The best little boy in the world never had wet dreams or masturbated; he always topped his class, honored mom and dad, deferred to elders and excelled in sports . . . . The best little...

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Published: May 1993

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declar...

Jenni Schaefer

A unique new approach to treating eating disorders Eight million women in the United States suffer from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. For these women, the road to recovery is a rocky one. Many succumb to their eating disorders. L...

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Published: Jan 2004

Grand Central Winter: Stories from th...

Lee Stringer

In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, Lee Stringer -- homeless and drug-addicted over the course of eleven years -- found a pencil to run through his crack pipe. One day, he used it to write. Soon, writing became a ...

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Published: Nov 1999

Buddha & the Borderline: My Recovery ...

Kiera Van Gelder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects more than ten million Americans, yet the disorder is still shrouded in mystery and stigma. Only recently have treatments like dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) been developed for this 'in...

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Published: Jul 2010

Passing for Normal: A Memoir of Compu...

Amy S. Wilensky

I am crazy. But maybe I am not.  For most of her life, these thoughts plagued Amy Wilensky as her mind lurched and veered in ways she didn't understand and her body did things she couldn't control. While she excelled in school and l...

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Published: Jul 2000

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Ody...

Ron Suskind

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.'s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 stud...

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Published: Jan 1998

Before Night Falls: A Memoir

Reinaldo Arenas

This shocking personal and political memoir from one of the most visionary writers to emerge from Castro's Cuba recounts Arenas' stunning odyssey--from his poverty-stricken childhood through his suppression as a writer and imprisonmen...

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Published: Oct 1994

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and C...

Mel White

As seen on 60 Minutes. Until Christmas Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned speeches for Ollie North, was a ghostwriter for Jerry F...

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Published: Apr 1995

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspe...

John Elder Robison

New York Times Bestseller"As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find."—from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, bu...

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Published: Sep 2008

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfr...

Dan Savage

Dan Savage's nationally syndicated sex advice column, 'Savage Love,' enrages and excites more than four million people each week. In The Kid, Savage tells a no-holds-barred, high-energy story of an ordinary American couple who wants t...

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Published: Jun 2000
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